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  • Actors: Candice Bergen, Tina Brown (III), Catherine Deneuve, Faye Dunaway, Robert Evans
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y6ZC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,059 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Helmut Newton - Frames from the Edge" on IMDb

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Helmut Newton is one of the 20th century's leading photographers, both outraging and fascinating the public with his startling, groundbreaking images. He built his reputation with French Vogue with his starkly luminous photos and then went on to stun the fashion world with his bold, erotically charged portraits of naked women. In this intimate look at the artist, we see how Newton changed the field of photography and get a close-up look at the artist's life and work, including insights from portrait subjects Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Rampling, Sigourney Weaver and Karl Lagerfeld.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ld on July 20, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a fun documentary on Helmut Newton. I was at his lecture at the New School and the film gives you the same feel for him and his work. Most of the photos are sexy, he has a wonderful photographic identity, you can always spot his work. The DVD and video (they are not exactly the same) are worth watching for any serious fashion or commercial photographer. This is not a how to do a photo DVD. However, if you pay attention he tells you a lot about how he likes to work. Straight ahead, almost no camera hardware or crew and lots of vision. You know he saw the shot before he took it.
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This film has been newly released (November 2009) on the Arthaus label distributed by Naxos. There is no separate listing on Amazon under its new UPC code. It has a different cover and contains a 35-photo slide show as its bonus. The original film was made in 1988 and this is a basic transfer of the film. It has not been restored and does appear grainy in parts. That said, here is my review:

More than a documentary about this world famous photographer, best known for his fashion photos and nude photos of women in unusual and erotic positions, this is a series of "living photos", as we follow Newton as he shoots these models and the photos come to life. The narrator gives us the basic facts and the rest consists of interviews with Newton, who definitely has a big ego but can be very funny as well, along with his wife and his models, both famous (Candace Bergen and Catherine Deneuve) and not. WE don't learn about his growing up years - that would have been nice - but, rather, on his life during his productive, and lucrative, years. He refers to his high fee often.

The film is rather long - at 100 minutes - but there's such beauty in the women he shoots that you don't mind. You won't learn anything about photography here, nor much about Newton's background, but you won't be bored. You will experience pop culture in Monte Carlo and Los Angeles (his two homes) in the 80s as you follow him to his favorite haunts.

If you like Newton's photographs, and especially if you enjoy great black and white photographs of nude females, you will definitely like this film. Though not perfect, its worth seeking out in this new release.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy M. Hughes on November 20, 2004
Format: DVD
Well my local video stores didn't carry the film so... I ordered it online. It's very interesting to see how the man worked, both with his Hasselblad and behind the scenes. He obviously didn't have the internet to find his fetish models so he had agencies and associates recruit talent for him. Let me tell you-it was a LOT harder to find willing nude fetish models 30 years ago. (The term "fetish" I don't believe was used during the entire movie which was completed in 1988).

Very much a perfectionist, Helmut was quite the control freak as well. Everything from posing the models to ordering his printers to make enlargements to his stringent specifications. None of his images were left to chance. They were extremely calculated and technically expert. He took very few actual photographs during the shoots from what I can tell, but the ones he did take were absolutely spot on.

He and his wife lived quite a lavish lifestyle-staying in exquisite chateaus and hotels in some rather upscale cities of the world. Truly a voyeur, he peered through his telescope at the topless sunbathing women at his hotel's swimming pool. He wasn't actively 'nice' to his models it seems. He complained that they couldn't stand still enough or give him the look he was going for. Nevertheless, he found stunning models to work with and did absolutely incredible large-scale art so you have got to hand it to him. The video is worth owning if you're a fan of Newton or the history of fetish art.

Timothy M. Hughes
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By A. Francolini on October 2, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have never been a fan of Newton but I got the DVD to learn more about him. Interesting but not great. I have seen other DVD on other famous photographers much more interesting and done better
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